Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. A colorless, spontaneously flammable poisonous gas, PH3, having a fishy odor and used as a fumigant and as a doping agent for solid-state components. Also called phosphane.
2. Any of several organic compounds having the structure of an amine but with phosphorus in place of nitrogen.


(Elements & Compounds) a colourless flammable gas that is slightly soluble in water and has a strong fishy odour: used as a pesticide. Formula: PH3


(ˈfɒs fin, -fɪn)

1. a colorless, poisonous, ill-smelling, flammable gas, PH3.
2. any of certain organic derivatives of this compound.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phosphine - a colorless gas with a strong fishy smell; used as a pesticide
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
pesticide - a chemical used to kill pests (as rodents or insects)


[ˈfɒsfiːn] Nfosfino m
References in periodicals archive ?
Motivated by the continuing research in coordination and biological chemistry of Pd(II) complexes with thione ligands and triphenyl phosphine [19], the recent research is conducted.
However, phosphine agricultural fumigant market share is anticipated to witness maximum growth by 2025, as it leaves minimal residue and is increasingly accepted in the industry.
Keywords: Phosphine, Aluminum Phosphate, Cardiotoxicity.
The increased level of esterases in phosphine tolerant populations as compared to susceptible population has pointed some correlation between esterase activities and phosphine tolerance.
Phosphine is used as a pesticide for gassing vermin such as rabbits, moles and rats.
The phosphine agricultural fumigant type is projected to grow with the highest CAGR from 2016 to 2021.
Orally taken zinc phosphide reacts with water and acid in the stomach and produces phosphine gas, which accounts for a large part of the observed toxicity.
Phosphine is a colourless, flammable and toxic gas, Col Al Amri said: "This toxic pesticide has approximately six to seven commercial names.
The movie creators, in corporation with the International Medical Center (IMC) in Jeddah, produced the movie that included interviews with families of those who died of phosphine poisoning as well as doctors who spoke about the dangers of this pesticide.
Phosphide toxicity in man and experimental animals has been widely reported [5-9] and has been linked to phosphine gas which it releases when it reacts with acid or water.
ABSTRACT: The present project was carried out to determine the effect of different concentration of phosphine gas (200, 300, 400 and 500 ppm) on the mortality of different strains of Tribolium castaneum (Hbst.
Al Yahya also pointed out that the aluminium phosphide, when used in homes for the eradication of rats and insects, reacts with moisture and air -- producing toxic phosphine gas.